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Friday, September 22, 2017

Mount Scoria Conservation Park, Thangool, QLD.

Mount Scoria
On our road trip to Blackdown Tablelands National Park we visited Mount Scoria Conservation Park. No camping is allowed at Mount Scoria so we camped at Lawgi Hall which is only about 22 km away via Thangool.

We walked the short track around one side of the mountain to an area with seats and views of the basalt columns that fall down the side of the mountain like pick-up-sticks. National Parks QLD discourages climbing to the summit as descending in the loose scree could lead to injuries. 

Basalt columns at Mount Scoria.

We saw lots of Chequered Swallowtails fluttering amongst the dry grass.

Chequered Swallowtail

We enjoyed breakfast in the day use area before we continued on with our journey.

Day Use Area, Mount Scoria.

Bird list for Mount Scoria Conservation Park (We were there for about an hour): Australian Brush Turkey, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Pied Currawong, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Double-barred Finch, White-faced Heron, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Noisy Miner, Pale-headed Rosella, Golden Whistler, Willie Wagtail.

Details for Mount Scoria Conservation Park:
Where: 543 km, 6 hours 20 minutes, north of Brisbane. Or about 2 hours drive south of Rockhampton.
Access: Sealed road if coming from Thangool. There is a turning circle but limited space to pull up if towing.
Facilities: Sheltered picnic tables, toilets, gas BBQs. Short walk.
Prohibitions: No camping. No pets. No open fires. Do not collect wood from the park. No firearms. Do not strike the basalt columns.
Cautions: Climbing to the summit is not advised due to slippery scree slopes.

Camping at Lawgi Hall:

We really appreciated being able to camp in the grounds of Lawgi Hall. I believe that the hall committee allows people to stay so that they can use the donations for the upkeep of the hall. It was a refreshing sight to see such a lovely country hall in excellent condition.

Lawgi Hall, south of Thangool
Camping at Lawgi Hall.
It's always fun to see a bit of Aussie humour on our road trips.

"RIP Here lies the last toilet roll thief", at Lawgi Hall.
There were lots of Yellow-throated Miners and Little Friarbirds in the grounds of Lawgi Hall. 

Yellow-throated Miner
Large leaved Bottletree Brachychiton australis: flower and seeds (with a few Harlequin beetles).

Details for Lawgi Hall:
Where: Just off the Burnett Hwy, on the Lawgi Connection Road. About 17 km south of Thangool, QLD.
Access: suitable for tents and all rig types.
Camping: allowed for up to 72 hours. No booking. Flat, grassy, open area.
Facilities: Small outdoor amenities block with solar showers and flush toilets. Bins. TV and phone reception. Pets allowed.
Fees: Donation pillar outside amenities block. 

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